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Old 09-11-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Talking What a difference a CAI can make...!

First of all I want to give a big thank you to Chase and Victoria from Apex Speed. I needed this part on Friday and I ordered it Wednesday; they called me personally to handle my request and got it to me really fast. They were great to work with and I really appreciate the awesome customer service.

After studying, researching, looking for weeks, I finally went with a BBK intake. I had several reasons for doing so-- number one, most of the numbers on the intakes (with the exception of CAI Inc, Vararam and Injen) were the same, and the BBK is by far the prettiest-- it really sets off the under-hood custom work I've done on my car, and she's more of a show car than a race car at this point (though I did pretty well at the track this weekend!). I also didn't want the Injen long tube because where I live floods often and I have to drive across a flooded bridge occasionally-- I don't want to hydrolock my car. Nothing against CAI but I don't like the way it looks (personal preference). As far as Vararam goes, if I ever upgrade, that's probably what it will be to because I like the design.

Anyway, attached are a couple of pics of the installed BBK at a car show I went to this weekend. I immediately noticed a difference in the way Bella responds. She's running cooler, more responsive, getting better gas mileage (tested this on my drive home from Tulsa) and better times at the track. I also like the way the intake sounds (minus the whistle, which actually doesn't bother me as much as I thought I would-- it isn't constant; I usually only hear it for a sec, around 3000 RPM). Anyway, I'm loving how it looks and how much happier the Camaro is.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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Damn your car is shiny and you drove it all that way, what did you do to clean it once you got there? Did I mention your car is shiny........Looks sweet!!
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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it is very nice looking your right
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:35 PM   #4
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LOL thanks, Sam! Actually I just ran it through the wash, then hand-dried it with a sham-wow whatever thing. I use Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Tech Wax on it about once a month, and I'd just waxed it the week before so she was still nice and shiny
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:41 AM   #5
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WHERE DID YOU GET IT AND HOW MUCH WAS IT?
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:17 AM   #6
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ApexSpeed and it was $259 or $279 plus shipping. One of the more affordable ones.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:06 AM   #7
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LOL thanks, Sam! Actually I just ran it through the wash, then hand-dried it with a sham-wow whatever thing. I use Meguiar's NXT 2.0 Tech Wax on it about once a month, and I'd just waxed it the week before so she was still nice and shiny
You wanna do mine..... J/K Guess I gotta find a good wax for mine now.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:12 AM   #9
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looks great! what kind of times are you running?
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:32 AM   #10
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Sam, get the Meguiar's! It's like $20 a bottle but it's WORTH it.

And as far as quarter times, low to mid 14s, which is where it's supposed to be-- but wasn't until I put the CAI on.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #11
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looks good and goes well with the engine cover!
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:40 PM   #12
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Nice install, I'm still undecided on an intake, but this post makes me lean toward the BBK.
Price and performance, wow.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:45 PM   #13
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Thanks, guys! I love the way it looks. TooCool, I hadn't seen a lot of numbers on it but I can only speak from my own experience with how it's affected my car, and I'm really diggin' it. If you get it you should order it from Apex Speed, they'll have it to you FAST and I couldn't complain about the price a bit!
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:44 PM   #14
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Apex, is that the ApexMotorsports guy on the forum?
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Yep! Apex Chase.
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Glad you went with bbk, i hope my pics helped you. Car looks great!
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I noticed u have 312hp on your engine cover but with your new CAI your probrably closer to 330 now
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